While a few receivers will put up dominant numbers as rookies, and a few more will break through in their second seasons, many receivers require three years to transition from the college game to the professional game.
That can be very helpful for Fantasy Football Owners that are either looking to draft bargains in the later rounds, find waiver-wire pickups in their seasonal leagues or nab sleepers that can sit on their benches in dynasty leagues.
Here is our list of the top 10 third-year wide receivers and top five third-year tight ends.
The rankings are based on how we believe they will score in 2010 only, with comments if they have extra value in dynasty leagues.
1) DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles)
He is the cream of the third-year receiver crop, as he ranked fourth among all fantasy receivers in 2009 with 63 receptions for 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns, to go along with 137 yards rushing and one touchdown and two punt returns for a touchdown.
He had eight touchdowns of 50 yards or more in 2009 alone, tying a NFL record for a single season. He is worthy of being a No. 1 receiver and will probably be off the board by the end of the second round or the early third round this summer...
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